Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me ~ Psalm 119:133
We use that word a lot at my job. Controls are the steps that we have in place to keep us from going off track. Having controls in place keeps deadlines from being missed and it keeps the integrity of our work intact.
In my line of work, I can easily go through four to five audits every year. The one thing that each auditor will do, is search for the controls to verify that they are working. The controls are in place to keep our work from failing.
Controls at work, and in our personal lives, keep us from being distracted away from fulfilling purpose. Controls will combat the ‘what if’ and the ‘just in case’.
Here are three controls that we can use daily.
1. Stay alert to immediately recognize a distraction. (It’s never a coincidence that someone will call , text or inbox me when I am writing). Be prepared so that the distraction does not have any power. I don’t feel guilty anymore that I don’t respond to calls while I’m writing.
2. Fight to stick to your schedule.You put a schedule in place, so execute it. If you say you are going to exercise at 5am. Get up and do it. If you designated a time for praying, do it. Be accountable to what you put in place. This is maturity.
3. Keep records. Start keeping a journal of your accomplishments. Imagine starting off your day by looking at all you accomplished the day before. That is motivation!
Don’t lose the controls. Recharge your day and enjoy your tea!
Ayoka Boyce ~ Minister, blogger, author, sipper of tea